23 Jan 2018 Last updated at 15:00

Have your say on Newport traffic plans

Views on the first phase of a £9 million project to improve traffic congestion in Newport are being sought by the Island’s council.

The initial stage is designed to reduce delays near St Mary’s roundabout – with further phases being investigated for other traffic bottlenecks in the town, including Coppins Bridge.

Traffic flow data has been gathered to help experts identify issues elsewhere in the town and find solutions which are in line with the council’s regeneration plans and take into consideration any future traffic increase.

For the St Mary’s scheme, new junctions at Hunnyhill and Forest Road, and traffic lights on St Mary’s roundabout are planned to improve access to Medina Way. The altered road layout would help to reduce bus journey times between Cowes and Newport, reduce traffic delays and create a new cycle link to the hospital, from Hunnyhill.

A new signalised pedestrian crossing is proposed for Parkhurst Road, at the top of Hunnyhill.

“I understand how frustrating it is to be stuck in traffic in Newport and this money will do a great deal to help,” said Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport.

“A long-term solution to the town’s many traffic issues has been long overdue and we are determined and committed to finding the right way forward.

“This is the first of a series of traffic schemes which are planned for the town and I would urge people to have their say on the proposed changes.”

Details of the St Mary’s junction scheme and information on how to have your say can be found on the council’s website at: 
https://www.iwight.com/Residents/Transport-Parking-and-Streets/Highways-PFI/Highway-Improvement-Schemes1 
 
Consultation
Island Roads will be undertaking two days of on-site consultation on 30 and 31 January 2018. The mobile exhibition unit will be parked on the foot-way area outside numbers 49 and 51, Parkhurst Road, Newport, between 2pm and 7pm where the scheme details will be on display. Island Roads representatives will be at the unit to answer any questions you may have and will also have forms available for you to provide feedback which will also be used to inform the final scheme design.

Your views
In order to inform the final design and to make sure the views of local people and businesses have been considered, the council is asking you to email your thoughts to: highways-pfi@iow.gov.uk  and use the heading 'St Mary's Junction'.

Alternatively you can post your comments in writing by 21 February to:
Bill Murphy, Head of contract management, St Christopher House, 42 Daish Way, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5XJ.

Start of feedback: Wednesday 24 January 2018.
End of feedback: 5pm on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

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  • The consultation feedback period begins today (24 January) and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 21 February.
 
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